Jim L. Jones, 81, died at 10:20 p.m. July 31, 2011, at Lima Memorial Health System.
He was born July 28, 1930, in Middlesboro, Ky., to Robert J. and Betty Mullins Jones, who preceded him in death. On Nov. 25, 1957, he married Imogene Cecil, who survives in Lima.
Mr. Jones was an Army veteran of the Korean War. During this time, he became fluent in Japanese and later enjoyed passing on his knowledge to his family. Following his discharge, he moved to Wapakoneta and went to work at Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton, Lima. He then worked at the truck plaza in Wapakoneta until 1968, when he transferred to the Lima truck plaza, where he was manager until his retirement in 1995. He had also been a distributor for Nikken Distributors. During his retirement, he enjoyed his passion for the outdoors, gardening and fishing. He also enjoyed traveling, especially to Las Vegas. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1275. His favorite pastimes were spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren and playing cards.
Survivors also include two sons, Randall (Margery) Jones, of Beavercreek, and Gary Allen (Lisa) Jones, of Knoxville, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Elliot Jones and Evan Jones, both of Beavercreek, Larry (Dana) Jones, of Independence, Kan., Harry Jones, of Middletown, and Jerry (Missi) Jones, Perry Jones and Carrie Anna Jones, all of Lima; two great-grandchildren, Kartyr and Karlye Jones, both of Kansas; seven siblings, Edmon Smith, of Lima, Otis (Gladys) Jones, Enoch (Anita) Jones, Edna (Jesse) Fuson, Elizabeth (Cordell) Miracle and Alene Collins, all of Middlesboro, Ky., and Bobby (Thelma) Jones, of Arthur, Tenn.; and several nieces, nephews and brothers- and sisters-in-law.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Pauline Hensley and Alabama Maxwell.
Services will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Shawnee Chapel. The Rev. John Yohe will officiate. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, with military rites by VFW Post 1275.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and following the burial at a reception at VFW Post 1275.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association and the American Heart Association.